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Meadow Arts Team

Rebecca, Steve, Anne, Clare and Louisa at The Precious Clay (Museum of Royal Worcester)

Four women and one man stand together, smiling. They are in a gallery with lots of lights and other people.

Meet the Team

 

Meadow Arts is made up of a small team of dedicated arts professionals who work part-time for the organisation, bringing with them a wide range of skills and expertise.

 

Anne de Charmant

Director & Curator

Anne is as European as they come - born in Geneva, Switzerland of Hungarian and Italian parentage and a French citizen – but she has been living in the UK since 1991 and considers this country her home. Having trained as a journalist, she was an arts correspondent for various French and Swiss media and press in London. Her particular interest in the contemporary visual arts led her to specialise in that field.

She developed the concept for a new type of contemporary visual arts organisation when, having moved to the rural West Midlands, she realised that opportunities to see high quality contemporary visual arts in the region were virtually non-existent. Her idea to bring this about through a non-venue-based organisation, working with partners like heritage organisations, libraries or other unusual venues across the region, still holds today. Apart from a ‘captive audience’, these venues offered fascinating contexts for artists to work in. She curates most Meadow Arts exhibitions and new commissions. Her favourite part of the job is bringing artists to sites and watching the creative cogs start to turn…

Memorable arty moment: Olafur Eliasson's The Weather Project at the Tate Modern, when everyone was lying on the floor, enjoying the experience of the art all around.

anne@meadowarts.org

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Clare Purcell

Associate Director

Clare has worked as a producer & events manager for over 20 years, including ten years as Artist Manager for the international Hay Festival; freelance contracts for Channel 4 TV, Corporate Relations and Education Departments; Green Man Festival and The Globe at Hay arts centre. Originally from London, she has a background in rural community development and has lived in a remote Welsh longhouse in the Black Mountains since graduating: always with a collection of animals and, more latterly, with my partner and children.

Meadow Arts is an exciting place to work for the variety of projects we deliver; the geographic spread across three counties and the calibre of artists we commission. We’re always engaging with new, largely rural, audiences and I love the interesting exchange of ideas when contemporary visual artists respond to a theme. A particular highlight for me was our 2018 project with Yinka Shonibare, Creatures of the Mappa Mundi.

Memorable arty moment: Swigging champagne with Cerys Matthews after she had just sung a traditional Welsh folk song, in Welsh, to ex-President Clinton at the Hay Festival in 2001.

clare@meadowarts.org

Rebecca Farkas

Marketing & Engagement Manager

Rebecca has worked for arts organisations for a number of years in marketing, public engagement and project management. She has a passion for helping to bring the arts to rural counties in the West Midlands, particularly enjoying meeting the artists who work on projects and the excitement of working on live events: she loves that Meadow Arts brings the kind of contemporary art that is normally seen in big urban venues to rural communities.

Also a visual artist, Rebecca transforms spaces with installations of photography and video projections. She graduated with a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Hereford College of Arts, as a mature student, in 2010. She grew up in the circus and, before settling down in Hereford in 2006, was at different times a performer, box office manager and press assistant for a number of touring circuses in the UK and Europe, including Circus Roncalli in Germany and British tours of the Chinese State Circus and the Moscow State Circus.

Memorable arty moment: whizzing down Carsten Höller’s Test Site slides in the Tate Modern at breakneck speed.

rebecca@meadowarts.org

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Steve Wilson

Education & Engagement Manager

In the past, Steve Wilson has worked for The Arts Council, East Herts Council and, prior to joining Meadow Arts, he was the County Arts Officer for Worcestershire County Council. Steve has a long and established background in partnership work and played a major role in creating the Worcestershire Arts Partnership, as well as many arts projects in the county. He has quickly expanded our Education and Engagement Programme, Meadow Arts Inspires and in particular has really enjoyed working with children who do not usually access the arts.  Steve enjoys working with artists and has really developed our range of Creative Practitioners within the organisation. As a freelancer he has worked in Probation settings, written and performed in many plays and led on many new theatre writing initiatives.

Memorable arty moment: performing in a cave to 50 people at 4 o’clock in the morning.

steve@meadowarts.org

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